In a technical sense, before its destruction in 70 CE, was the Jerusalem Temple the only proper place to "worship" the LORD? (From what I understand, it was the only acceptable place to offer a sacrifice.)
When Jewish people today gather at synagogue, do they gather to "worship," or would it be better to say that it is a time for study and community?
The Chabbad site, and the Talmud summary in my local library, tells us that Abraham's birth is similar to Jesus' birth. Both were heralded by stars. In both the astrologers warned the ruler that the impending birth would endanger them, and in both stories the ruler tried to kill the child. The Talmud was written after the birth of Jesus but is supposed to codify earlier beliefs. So which came first? The stories about Abraham's birth or the stories about Jesus' birth? I will be giving a talk about Abraham to groups of non-Jewish people and it would be nice to have some scholarly information.
After the conversion of my grandparent to the Christianity, my family goes to church. I grow up reading the christian new testament. There, orthodox Jews are depicted as evil hypocrites. But when I observe orthodox Jews, all I see is a group of harmless people who love to study Torah and share it with other people! I cannot understand why Jesus said that orthodox Jews are demonic. Why is Christianity so hostile to Judaism?